Assistant Professor Miguel Ángel Cano, of the Department of Epidemiology, received the National Award of Excellence in Research by a New Investigator from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, one of the most prestigious Hispanic scientific groups in the United States.
This award is presented annually by NHSN to one new investigator for outstanding research and/or publication in the field of Hispanic drug abuse.
Cano has received extensive training in public health, psychology, and sociology. He was funded by the National Institutes of Health to receive specialized training on research methods to work with Hispanic populations and conduct research on health disparities and cancer prevention. Dr. Cano’s research program focuses on health disparities among racial/ethnic groups with an emphasis on Hispanic populations. He has been funded multiple times by the National Cancer Institute to examine ethnocultural factors associated with smoking cessation among Hispanics. Dr. Cano’s expertise in this field of study has been recognized by the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry and, previously, by the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse as well.
Since its inception in 2001, the National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN), in partnership with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), has worked to make advances in the field of drug abuse research.
Aside from promoting interdisciplinary and translational research across a broad range of disciplines on a national and international front, NHSN has also set the groundwork for early career scientists to develop a strong foundation of knowledge and skills in both science and grantsmanship, and provide a sound vision for their future as researchers.